When I was in primary school my mum was worried about the amount of homework I was bringing home, I don’t remember exactly what I was doing but at one point she did sit down with me and say I … Continue reading
Here’s a little blog about the labour and love of writing a novel. Let’s start with the labour … Everyone knows books don’t write themselves, it’s hours and hours of someone sitting alone in a room. I’m lucky I can … Continue reading
These days everyone wants to be a part of some kind of charity, we donate over the phone, via the internet, by entering raffles in shopping centres and dropping coins in tins as we walk past collectors. There are so many worthy causes and it’s great to give to those in need but a lot of the time it’s so impersonal and we don’t know where half the money goes.
If you sponsor a child with World Vision and pay $50 (AU) a month you’d like to think all that money goes directly to the cause, it bothers me that so much is spent on sending brochures and update packages to the donator. It’s great to hear of the progress in the third world country and to know how your money is helping to make changes but there is no reason why it should come on coloured card with stickers and photos. It just goes to show that even when we’re donating we expect to be given something in return and if we don’t they’ll give it to us anyway, somehow making what should be a selfless act into a transaction.
This weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to a cancer benefit that did it right, it was put together by a local organisation, JS Music Studios, to help raise funds for a member of their community who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately the treatment he needs is not covered by medicare or his health fund, and so a group of musicians and close friends organised a benefit to help out.
Tickets were $30, food was provided, games and raffles were arranged while eighteen musicians made up seven acts, took to the stage and brought the atmosphere alive. It was an amazing thing for these people to do not only for the man diagnosed with cancer, who was there to greet people and participate in the evening, but also for all those invited. There was an amazing sense of celebration, everyone was having a great time and enjoying the live music. There was a very approachable dance floor and the crowd included people from all ages and walks of life. Once the scheduled bands had completed their sets people were encouraged to be involved in an open jam session. Some of the more talented musicians taking to the loudest instruments while people in the audience helped with percussion.
It’s pretty touching to see so many people come together and help someone they care about, all of the money donated went directly to the cancer treatment and in return the people involved were able to spend some quality time amongst talented and passionate musicians. Congratulations to everyone who participated.
So apparently blogging and tagging will help with search engine optimisation, no problem, I’ll do it. Only it doesn’t seem to be quite that easy. When I’m writing I usually just go for it. Sometimes I’m not sure if the words coming out are any good, and I don’t get too caught up in the development of an idea, I just start writing and the subject evolves nicely when I don’t over think it.
Now with a blog in front of me, I’m completely the opposite. I’ve spent so much time jotting down ideas but whenever I begin a sentence I find myself deleting it. My genre is paranormal/fantasy, I’m not really used to this ‘stream of consciousness’ kind of writing but like anything you have to start at the beginning and learn as you go. So here lies the worst blog I’ll ever write. My first baby step into the world of online presence.
Perhaps research would help but reading blogs isn’t something I usually do—to be honest I don’t really know where to find one—however of the few I have read the best ones seem to be those with personality in them. I like to think I can be funny in person, when it’s in context, but I’m not so sure that I can write funny. Instead I’m going to aim for heartfelt and try to bring awareness to everyday people living their passion.
While I respect people for all their choices, I’m especially fascinated by those who find a way to break out of society’s expectations. So while my blogs may remain marginally narcissistic I will also be sharing stories of the people that inspire me, and maybe they can inspire you too.
So here’s to a future of egotistical, self absorbed, vain, healthy-free-thinking-blogging.